For those wanting a white Christmas, they got their wish. With snow falling just before Christmas we did have a white Christmas and a cold one, too. The mercury dipped below minus 30 making for a frigid holiday. Global warming can kick in anytime.
Local families were busy through the Christmas holidays and New Year’s, either hosting or traveling, to spend time with their families and friends and enjoy the spirit of the season. With lots of feasting, visiting and giving, we hope everyone enjoyed it to the fullest. Some say there are no calories in December — so let’s go with that.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church was filled to the rafters for its annual candlelight Christmas service, with Pastor Colin Millang leading the service. In keeping with tradition, one verse of Silent Night was sung in German, in honour of the church’s German heritage.
The community calendars have arrived that the Byemoor School Educational Society was marketing in the fall. If you haven’t received yours yet please contact Twila Buchwitz to arrange pick-up.
On a sad note, we extend sympathy to the families of Otto Glubrecht and Bruce Miller, who passed away just before Christmas.
Otto Glubrecht passed away in Edmonton on Dec. 16 at the age of 86. Otto grew up in the Scapa district, the youngest of 11 children. Otto was well known in the Endiang district as well, as his sister Martha Woelk, his brother Gottfried Glubrecht and some cousins resided there. Emil Glubrecht is the only remaining sibling living. Our thoughts are with Otto’s wife Margaret and their family in their loss. Burial will take place in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Scapa in the spring.
Bruce Miller passed away on Dec. 24 in Hanna at 85 years of age. Bruce farmed and ranched near Scapa for many years. He had a love for his cattle, well into his advanced years. Bruce was well-known in a wide radius for his friendly nature. Our thoughts are with Bruce’s wife June, their son Clint (Vicki) Miller and their family and other family members in their time of loss. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Hanna Community Centre.
Carrie MacDougall instructed a Hooptastic workshop at the Endiang Hall on Wednesday. The gals learned how to use a hula hoop for fitness and burning those unwanted calories.
The Sorensen families held their annual New Year’s gathering at the Endiang Hall on Saturday, Dec. 30. It’s been a long-standing tradition for the Sorensens to gather to keep the upcoming generations of the family acquainted with all.
Timely Quotes for the Day —
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck
“Nothing burns like the cold.” — George R. R. Martin
“Cold !! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d have frozen to death.” — Mark Twain